Driver reportedly charged with three previous DUIs before fatal weekend crash
According to jail records, an immigration detainer has been issued for the suspect, meaning Metro Corrections must notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement if he posts bond
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Despite three previous DUIs, police say a man drank eight beers and got behind the wheel again over the weekend. This time, the results were fatal.
Lamberto Mendoza-Valle, 38, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of murder and DUI after the fatal crash on Taylor Blvd. near Oakwood around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Police say he told officers he didn't even realize Orlando Jimenez Lozano, the 41-year-old passenger who died in his backseat, was there.
When a witness pulled over to help, the driver and passenger in the pick up truck left the scene. Shortly after, the witness told police Mendoza-Valle's silver Nissan Altima came speeding down the road, smashing into the two other cars.
Investigators say the first crash was a hit-and-run. There is no word on any charges filed in that situation. Lozano was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:18 a.m. from multiple blunt force injuries.
Police say Mendoza-Valle admitted to drinking more than eight beers at a friend's house before the crash. Hospital records show his blood-alcohol level was .214 at the time of the crash -- more than threetimes the legal limit. It's not the first time he has driven drunk, according to authorities. Prosecutors say this marks Mendoza-Valle's fourth DUI, with the three previous incidents occurring in 2002, July 2006 and October 2011.
Mendoza-Valle was also charged for driving without a license or insurance. He is currently being held on $100,000 full-cash bond.
According to jail records, an immigration detainer has been issued for Mendoza, meaning Metro Corrections must notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement if he posts bond.
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